Abortions can happen safely — and entirely — at home

OPINION: The pandemic has taught us how we can deliver better care to patients who seek to terminate pregnancies. Now if only science could triumph over politics.

Leah Coplon and Claire Brindis • knowable
Feb. 24, 2021 ~8 min

Coronavirus evolving: How mutations arise and new variants emerge

COMIC: As it spreads throughout the world, the virus that causes Covid-19 has been changing. Scientists are tracking those changes, hoping to stay one step ahead of worrisome strains.

Diana Kwon and Maki Naro • knowable
Feb. 23, 2021 ~1 min

Don’t let Covid boost another killer

OPINION: The pandemic may be interfering with our fight against drug-resistant bacteria. Luckily, the same tactics can beat back both scourges.

Mohan P. Joshi • knowable
Feb. 17, 2021 ~8 min

Sounding the alarm: How noise hurts the heart

Loud road and air traffic has been linked to a greater risk of high blood pressure, heart attacks and strokes. Scientists are uncovering new details about how what you hear stresses the cardiovascular system.

Cypress Hansen • knowable
Feb. 12, 2021 ~9 min

The challenges of antiviral treatments

Antibiotics abound, but virus-fighting drugs are harder to come by, and Covid-19 amply shows how much we need them. Fortunately, scientists are getting better at making and finding them.

Amber Dance • knowable
Feb. 9, 2021 ~14 min

How enlisting dentists can speed up Covid-19 vaccinations

Dental care providers have the skills, the facilities and the trust of patients who might otherwise miss out

Mary E. Northridge • knowable
Feb. 3, 2021 ~6 min

Could the immune system be key to Alzheimer’s disease?

Increasing evidence suggests that chronic inflammation takes a toll on the brain over the course of a lifetime

Esther Landhuis • knowable
Feb. 2, 2021 ~15 min

Are too many scientists studying Covid?

The pandemic prompted many scientists to pivot their research to the coronavirus. That’s not an entirely good thing.

Julie K. Pfeiffer • knowable
Jan. 29, 2021 ~9 min

The when of eating: The science behind intermittent fasting

What and how much we eat isn’t the only important thing when it comes to healthy nutrition. Timing seems to matter, too.

Andreas von Bubnoff • knowable
Jan. 29, 2021 ~32 min

The dash to adapt smartwatches to help detect Covid infections

Wearable devices already collect vital signs like heart rate and skin temperature. New algorithms can use them to catch illness early — leading to urgent efforts to help battle the pandemic.

Matthew Hutson • knowable
Jan. 27, 2021 ~13 min